Brighton moved to within two points of the Championship play-off places with a comfortable win over already-promoted Leicester.

Stephen Ward headed in the opener before Jesse Lingard nodded in Ward's ball soon after.

Leonardo Ulloa rounded goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for Brighton's third and then headed in Kazenga Lualua's cross.

Rare loss for Leicester

  • Leicester's previous league defeat was 22 games ago, 3-1 at Brighton on 7 December
  • It was only Leicester's second league defeat at home this season, the other was a 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in November

Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored a late consolation from Lloyd Dyer's ball.

It was a deserved and comfortable win for a Brighton side who had picked up only two points from their previous five games.

It also tainted Leicester City's promotion party as the team celebrated their return to the Premier League in front of their own fans for the first time since securing a return to the top flight.

Leicester looked a different side from the one that had not lost in their previous 21 league games - their last defeat having come at Brighton on 7 December.

Veteran Kevin Phillips headed wide early on but, after that, Brighton dominated, racing into a two-goal lead in the space of seven minutes.

First, Ward headed in from close range and then Lingard was allowed to add a second with a simple finish.

Ulloa's lobbed effort landed just wide of goal as Brighton continued to press, before Dale Stephens's flicked shot was cleared off the line.

A deserved third arrived just after the hour when Stephens's through ball found Ulloa, who rounded Schmeichel before firing into the net.

Brighton became the first team to score four goals past Leicester in a league game this season when Ulloa headed in his second of the game before substitute Taylor-Fletcher struck for Leicester in the final minute.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"It was a very poor performance. Unfortunately we had too many individuals who under performed and collectively we have been very poor.

"The goals we have conceded were very uncharacteristic of us. They were poor goals. But we looked a shadow of what we have been about this season.

"It was really disappointing to put on that sort of performance on what should have been an evening where we were celebrating getting promotion. So that's a big wake up for us."

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"This was a massive result for us and I could not be more proud of my players for the way they performed.

"We have been playing pretty well and were wanting to win against a side going into the Premier League. We wanted to come here and play well but we knew it would not be easy against the a team like Leicester. But we were the better team from the start.

"The win has put us in a good position but I only look at the next game and focus on that. I hope the players do the same."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 18 Moore
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 10 King
  • 27 Wasilewski Booked
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert (Dyer - 45' )
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 28 Phillips (Wood - 45' )
  • 35 Nugent Booked
  • 26 Mahrez (Taylor-Fletcher - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 08 James
  • 11 Dyer
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 23 Miquel
  • 25 Logan
  • 39 Wood

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 14 Calderón
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews
  • 03 Greer Booked
  • 20 Upson
  • 06 Stephens
  • 35 Lingard (Mackail-Smith - 88' )
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 27 March (Forster-Caskey - 82' )
  • 25 Lua Lua (D. López - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Dunk
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 15 Chicksen
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 21 D. López
  • 38 Ince
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 29,722

Match Stats

Shots

15 14

On target

6 5

Corners

8 4

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 4.

90:00 +3:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 4.

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

88:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 4. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross following a fast break.

87:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

87:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Jesse Lingard.

85:42

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:53 Booking

Booking Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:42

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:42

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

83:17

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

82:43

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

81:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Solly March.

80:52

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

79:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 4. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross following a set piece situation.

79:07

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

79:07

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:27

Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

78:27

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:35

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:35

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

76:40

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a cross following a corner.

76:22

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

75:20

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:20

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

74:31

Hand ball by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

74:09

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

73:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Riyad Mahrez.

72:52

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Solly March.

69:28

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

68:58

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

67:23

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

67:07

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a headed pass.

66:37

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

66:36

Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

65:57

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:57

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

64:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 3. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a through ball.

62:46 Booking

Booking Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:41

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

62:41

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:05

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:05

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

61:24

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer following a corner.

61:09

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

60:03

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Moore.

59:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:00

Delay in match Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

57:45

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

54:07

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

54:07

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:35

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

52:33

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:32

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:32

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

49:17

Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March with a cross following a corner.

48:51

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

48:49

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

48:07

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

48:07

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:26

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Kevin Phillips.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer replaces Anthony Knockaert.

45:00 +2:34 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

45:00 +2:04

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:04

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

45:00 +1:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +0:28

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:05 Booking

Booking David Nugent (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:57

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

44:57

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:03

Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

41:47

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.

38:24

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

38:23

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Solly March.

37:35

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:35

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

35:58

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomasz Kuszczak tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

35:29

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

35:29

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:03

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

33:49

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

30:06

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

28:40

Hand ball by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

28:05

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:05

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

27:33

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

27:00

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

26:22

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

26:22

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:44

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:44

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

24:05

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

24:05

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

20:58

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:58

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

20:01

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

20:01

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:37

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:37

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

16:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross following a corner.

16:08

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

13:55

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón with a cross.

12:47

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:47

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

12:09

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

8:45

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Moore.

1:07

Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

1:07

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:13

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:13

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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